Our beginnings

When Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano (Sano) was younger, he watched the news discussing the negative impact of waste problems in Indonesia. Since then, he has been inspired to find solutions to tackle the waste management issue in Indonesia. This was also the reason why he did environmental engineering as his major in university.

After graduation, Sano started the Greeneration Foundation in 2011 to fight for environmental protection and waste management in Indonesia. In 2014, he expanded and founded Waste4Change to provide services that solve waste problems end-to-end, with zero waste and circular economy principles.

Founder and CEO of Waste4Change, Sano

Founder and CEO of Waste4Change, Sano


The work we do

Waste4Change is a social enterprise founded in 2014 that provides services in responsible waste management in working towards a zero-waste Indonesia. Waste4Change’s key lines of business are Consult, Campaign, Collect and Create.

In 2020, waste collection generated more than half of our company’s revenue, while consulting projects on feasibility studies and waste management training was the second biggest revenue source.

We also focused on building public-private partnership schemes to drive waste management campaigns. We believe our generation will determine whether the world will survive the global climate crisis. Creating and contributing to green businesses needs to be normalised, and with like-minded individuals, we can build an ecosystem that promises a better future for the generation to come.

Waste4Change is committed to achieving 30% waste reduction at source and 70% waste recovery by 2025.

Waste collected and packed for processing
Waste collected and packed for processing

Impact created

Through our work, we aim to improve the welfare of our beneficiaries who are small-scale waste collectors, such as individual waste pickers, waste banks, waste facilities, and waste aggregators.

We also aim to positively change people’s mind set towards waste management by spreading awareness amongst local communities, students, and workers.

To date we have,

  • More than 2,600 waste collection clients and corporate partners in Indonesia who participated in our circular waste management system through a community development program.
  • Conducted more than 44 research studies concerning waste management solutions.
  • Trained 4,297 people in responsible waste management (as of 2020).
  • Processed 5,680 tonnes of landfill waste.
Education tour on organic waste treatment using black soldier flies
Education tour on organic waste treatment using black soldier flies

How we partner with DBS Foundation

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Prior to receiving the grant, DBS Indonesia has been supporting Waste4Change since we started. The DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant will fund an environmental study on MLP recycling process and hire a team for MLP plastics collection in Tangerang to enhance the quality of the waste processed and increase the recycling rate in Indonesia.

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